Former Erin's Isle Irish Pub to be demolished

Erin's Isle Irish Pub, a popular restaurant in Collier County for 30 years, is expected to be demolished soon.

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Erin's Isle Irish Pub, a popular restaurant in Collier County for 30 years, is expected to be demolished soon.

As workmen dismantled an East Naples Texaco gas station on Saturday, one said he expected the adjacent former Erin’s Isle Irish Pub building will be demolished next week to make room for a new Race Trac station.

William Laupert, one of the five owners of the Texaco, said a contract for the sale of Erin’s Isle and the gas station is expected to be completed by Wednesday with Race Trac. Their corporate offices were closed on Saturday.

“I decided to tear the gas station down,” he said. “This deal has been going on for two years.”

Located along Collier Boulevard, a short distance from U.S. 41, the iconic Erin’s Isle restaurant was open nearly 30 years before being forced to close down last summer. It is now located at the Hibiscus Golf Club.

Owner Mike Ward said he was not aware of the former restaurant building being torn down.

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